The Speckled Band Book Club Meetup

Morning everyone,

Our Christmas social was as lively as ever, bringing books and food to share was popular: maybe we should make a regular feature of it. Let me know what you think!

Our book for the new year is Ian Fleming's 'Casino Royale'. In the meantime, have a lovely Christmas.

Best wishes,


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  • June B.

    So sorry I can't come - having read the book. I am off to MoTown at the Derngate. So double booked for the 10th. Let me know the next book please as I want to attend regularly in future. Sorry!

    January 8, 2013

  • Guy N.

    Simon Winder's massively entertaining Man Who Saved Britain re-the Bond books ruminates on the role that sex plays in the stories:

    "Sex was one of the books' first great selling points...they reflect male attitudes of the 1950s.

    (..)Why Bond is so admirable to so many of his readers was that he seemed to bring to life in its purest and most extended form the male fantasy of permanent, never-ageing present in which an infinity of girls from around the world could be sampled in the manner of cigars: sexual life as a frictionless, almost scientific series of encounters that build up an ever more convincing set of results allowing for generalizations about what 'women are like' so dear to many male hearts. The frustratingly partial, indeed almost infinitesimal 'knowledge' available to almost any British male in the 1950s (e.g. 1 or 2 women from Britain) could be supplemented by Bond's 'learnings' and a whole range of discourses and assumptions happily chewed over in the pub forever".

    January 8, 2013

  • Ruth D.

    Hello again I'm so sorry I have said I will try and come to my first meeting on Thursday then realised I am working away that night [story of my life I'm afraid] but let me know the book for the next meeting and the date etc and I will definitely try and be there.

    January 7, 2013

  • Ruth D.

    Hello Speckled band members I'd love to come along to the book club. I may not manage this next one and I haven't read the chosen book but will try to come and will certainly schedule the future ones in my diary.

    January 7, 2013

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